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Better late than never: honour has been restored at the IIEA, eventually The Institute of International and European Affairs – a Dublin-based pro-EU think tank with a record of attracting big hitters to address its high-profile events – has quietly erased two names from its Comité d’Honneur. Bertie Ahern and Padraig Flynn were removed from… » read more

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Engaging with MEPs 2.0

My name is Gary and I have a MySpace account. There, I’ve said it. In my defence, I haven’t used it for five years and I now forget the password. However, for dozens of our esteemed Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), wandering alone in the social media wilderness we call MySpace is a regular… » read more

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Three years after it was proposed the EU Information to Patients Directive is in limbo European health ministers have poured cold water on a long-standing EU proposal to allow pharmaceutical companies to provide information on medicines directly to patients. Ministers say the Information to Patients Directive could increase red tape for government agencies and companies… » read more

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Europeans ♥ EU2020

Great news: European citizens think the Europe 2020 strategy is brilliant. Only joking. But sitting in the Commission press room yesterday it seemed there was no end to the good news. Europeans are enthusiastic about economic governance and give the thumbs up to the priorities set out in the 2020 strategy. Or so said the… » read more

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EU member states are undermining Europe’s power by pursuing their own interests – and China sees it this way too I broke a story today on the EU’s last-minute decision to scrap plans for an SME Centre in Beijing. The office would have helped European firms to do business in China. The reasons for the… » read more

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Barroso’s buzzwords

Market, Economy and Crisis dominate Commission President’s list of most-used words. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso unveiled his ‘summer homework‘ today, setting out his agenda in a bid to convince a sceptical European Parliament that he has a vision for a second term. So what were his priorities? Well, taking an outrageously crude quantative… » read more

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“European Research Council in full flight,” screams the July issue of the Europe4Researchers newsletter published by the European Commission, which landed in my inbox on this afternoon. The article boasts that the ERC has “developed into a well-functioning research funding body”. Great news, if it were true. Yesterday a panel of experts – assembled by… » read more

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